Strategic Pathology Workforce and Education Lead

North Cumbria Integrat
Competitive salary
07 Apr 2021
13 Apr 2021
Role Type
Start Date
At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond.We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Strategic Pathology Workforce and Education Lead (NENC Network and NEY Region)

1 x 0.6WTE Band 8b (22.5 hours per week)

Applications are invited for a development opportunity 12 month Fixed Term Contract for 1 x 0.6WTE Band 8b Strategic Pathology Workforce and Education Lead (NENC Network and NEY Region).

The role will be hosted by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust but will be flexible, based across the NENC Pathology Network which includes seven Foundation Trusts - County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health Foundation Trust (South of Tyne Pathology Services), North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their initiative, innovation and drive to scope the workforce needs of the network including a full non-medical workforce planning exercise, a current and future training needs analysis and delivery of the National Pathology Workforce Rapid Intervention Plan for Covid Testing Skills.

The role will also encompass apprenticeship workforce development and requires close working with existing regional apprentice network leads for both employer and HEE apprentice networks.

Reporting to the NENC Diagnostic Services Programme Director the successful candidate will be experienced in undertaking GAP analyses to understand where resources are best focused, identify specific training needs and develop bespoke programmes of work to support the network and the individual laboratories within the network.

The successful candidate will be able to work flexibly and at pace to deliver on key performance indicators and liaise with existing laboratory training officers to support and predict workforce planning and training needs across the NENC Pathology Network.

The post holder will ideally already have links with local education establishments and will need to engage and liaise with such providers to identify potential funding streams and candidates for the future workforce. You will be competent and confident in developing comms and publicity to attract applicants to the network.

Successful candidates will be flexible in their approach, have excellent communication skills and liaise with other Workforce Leads across the North East & Yorkshire Region and nationally to capitalise on innovation and successful approaches utilised in other areas.

The role will likely be a mix of home, field and laboratory bases to match the demands and needs of the NENC laboratories. An expectation to travel between laboratory locations within the network will be required.

For further details contact:

Ruth James, Diagnostic Services Programme Director

Debra Padgett, Infection Sciences Operational Manager, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Interview date 20th April 2021
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £26 + Administration cost of £4.20 = deducted at £10.20 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 2 months.

Enhanced Check: £44 + administration cost of £4.20 = £15.20 deducted from 1st month salary and £11 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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